Jules Watson
Home: a story of Chornobyl

Children's Publishing

Un-commissioned | New Talent

Why did you make this work:
In the final year of my Masters in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art, I researched, wrote and illustrated an older fiction book about the human impact of the 1986 Chornobyl disaster. I want to bring to a new generation of young readers the plight of a Babushka, her forced displacement and unwillingness to accept a new life, following the worst nuclear accident in history.

How was the illustration used:
These images form part of my illustrated chapter book for older children, Home: a story of Chornobyl.

How did you make this work:
I used a Muji pen for line work then added a variety of fountain pen ink dilutions to build up depth of colour and texture. Orange highlights and other elements were added in Procreate. These illustrations come from early experimentation or are lifted directly from sketchbooks, as I strive to retain the energy and spontaneity of my original drawings.

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Cambridge School of Art (ARU)
MA Children's Book Illustration
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Jules is an artist, illustrator and writer based in the heart of England. Her approach to illustration is very much an intuitive one, rendering and adapting artwork to each new theme and audience. Play and experimentation are at the core of her practice, often resulting in happy accidents along the way.